I spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with fellow Teochews at a Teochew opera performance presented by Nam Hwa Opera Limited.
'Nam Hwa Blazes' will be staged every 3 months to preserve and promote Teochew opera to local and international audiences. The next 3 performances are on 12 June, 11 September and 11 December 2016, 3 pm at Aliwal Arts Centre.
I requested to be at the troupe's premises 2 hours earlier today so I could take some shots of the performers when they were putting on their elaborate make-up, costumes and hairdo.
The performers, although rushed for time, kindly let me take photos of them in the dressing room. It was fascinating watching the skilful masters doing the make-up and hairdo.
I adore the elaborate costumes and hair accessories of Teochew opera. I yearn to have a chance to be dressed up in a Teochew opera costume after seeing the lady performers looking so beautiful after their make-up.
Ten minutes before the performance start, I went down to the theatre. Glad to see a strong audience turnout with a few foreign visitors and a Malay family. Volunteers had to keep adding more chairs as people streamed in.
A live Teochew orchestra accompaniment was on hand as the performers present excerpts from several popular Teochew operas. Subtitles in English and Chinese were available on a huge screen next to the stage.
Members from Nam Hwa's classic Teochew singing class performed on stage for the first time.
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